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The joy of the Christmas season returns with this sparkling production! Come and relive the sheer exhilaration of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghost-guided journey into his past, present and future, where Despair gives way to Hope, and Reclamation awaits all who seek it. A memorable gift to treasure with family and friends that will leave you wrapped in the warmth of holiday spirit.

More than a tribute to the legendary country singer, this heartfelt musical is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with Louise Seger, a fan from Houston. Come enjoy the down home humor and some of the finest songs ever written: Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, How Great Thou Art, and more.

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Experience a virtual guided tour of Barter Theatre. See what it’s like on our stages, journey backstage, and learn about our 80+ year history!

"Inspired by John Greenleaf Whittier’s famous poem, this musical fable flashes between the past and the present, telling us the story of Maud, a poor young farm woman, and Parker, the wealthy judge who rode into her life one day. After spending one precious moment together, Maud and Parker are left to wonder what might have been… and what might still be. A story of love, longing, and second chances set in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Join us for a reading of this new musical currently in development at Barter Theatre"

The Show Must Go On! During this time that we are unable to offer our productions live, we are happy to share the filmed version of our productions with our loyal audience. Each recording will include the full performance as well as special bonus features and educator resources.

The 72nd Annual Rotary Frolics presented by the Abingdon Rotary Club will take place this spring for a special one-night performance at the historic Moonlite Drive In. The popular musical and comedy review by Rotarians that usually takes place at Barter Theatre will raise much needed funds for local youth charities, including a backpack food program for school students, college scholarships, and a new Rotary Splash Pad planned at the Abingdon Sports Complex. The 2021 theme is “Frolics at the Moonlight: The Show Must Go On.” The year’s show will include pre-recorded performances by guest musicians Carson Peters, Presley Barker, Dr. Mark Handy, Martha Spencer, and Jerry Castle. A mix of old and new recorded skits will be projected on the Moonlite screen as well as a virtual appearance by crowd favorites “Bert and Bart,” played for decades by Rotarians Fred Parker and Wayne Austin. “As always, our fake news team will offer their take on local events, public officials and celebrities. It promises to be a welcome distraction from more serious issues of the day and a cure for cabin fever,” said Frolics director Mark Graham.

Whether it’s fishing with Huckleberry Finn, or convincing his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence, nobody loves life more than the irascible Tom Sawyer. Then one night in a spooky graveyard, Tom and Huck stumble upon a deadly secret. Will they be able to save Muff Potter before it's too late? Join Tom and Huck on the most exciting adventure of their life, where they learn that man’s greatest treasure is the gift of friendship.

The Highlands Youth Ensemble has been presenting a fundraising show for the choirs of the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy (MECCA) since 2006. This spring in lieu of a live show on the Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre, the Highlands Youth Ensemble singers and alumni will present a video presentation on the big screen at the Moonlite Drive In Theater! Come and enjoy an evening of songs and memories from years past, plus some new material from this year's group. All proceeds benefit ALL the MECCA choirs!

Fantasy, adventure, and mystery await four siblings when they step through the wardrobe and into the magical land of Narnia—where the icy White Witch rules, and her curse ensures that the land is always crusted with snow. As they travel, the children encounter dwarves, fauns, and the great lion king, Aslan. Together they seek to fulfill the ancient prophecy and release Narnia from the Witch's enchantment and her spell of eternal winter.

For her crime, Hester Prynne has been sentenced to wear the scarlet letter A for the remainder of her life. But someone in the town of Boston is as guilty as she, and Hester’s husband, Chillingworth, is determined to find out who it is. Share with your students this faithful adaptation of one of America’s most famous and moving stories.

Barter Theatre continues its tradition of incredible spring Shakespeare, this time at the Moonlite Drive-In. The Tempest will take you on an adventure far away from everything you’ve ever known. As Prospero conjures a meeting with his enemy Antonio, he struggles between his desire for revenge and the power of forgiveness. Join us for an evening of magic and mischief on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

Barter Theatre continues its tradition of incredible spring Shakespeare, this time at the Moonlite Drive-In. The Tempest will take you on an adventure far away from everything you’ve ever known. As Prospero conjures a meeting with his enemy Antonio, he struggles between his desire for revenge and the power of forgiveness. Join us for an evening of magic and mischief on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.